(Margo Femiano in last Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade; photo by Mark Hewitt)
Two West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival updates: First, tomorrow’s the big night for Margo Femiano, who represents Hi-Yu in the Miss Seafair competition, which ends with the coronation along the Torchlight Parade route tomorrow night downtown. (Margo was Miss Hi-Yu 2009; the queen represents the festival in Miss Seafair the summer after her reign, because that program has too many commitments/appearances for concurrent participation.) And even ahead of tomorrow night, she’s a winner, according to info from Tim and Carol Winston of Hi-Yu: Margo won four scholarships at this week’s Seafair Commodores Princess Awards Banquet at Salty’s on Alki: The Commodores/Seattle Kiwanis Interview Award, 25 percent of the Miss Seafair score, $900 scholarship; Commodores Public Speaking Award (10 percent of the score), $400; second place in the Banner Bank Academic Award (20 percent of the score), $900; and – this one doesn’t count toward the title – one of five recipients of $1,000 from the Seattle Jaycees Miss Community Service Awards. Tomorrow night’s coronation will be at the Westlake grandstand for the Torchlight Parade, 7:30 pm – if you don’t happen to be watching from there in person, you can see it on Channel 7 TV (or streamed at kirotv.com), and we’ll publish a quick update too.
Meantime, there’s a followup to the big day last Saturday – with not only Hi-Yu participation in the American Legion Post 160 West Seattle Grand Parade, but also a “visiting court” reception beforehand – read on for Hi-Yu’s public thanks to those who made it possible:
On West Seattle Grand Parade day, Hi-Yu wants to treat visiting royalty, well, royally. (Our photo above shows just a few of those who were here last Saturday – the first Pierce County Daffodil Festival visit in at least five years, according to parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards.) That means starting the day right, according to Hi-Yu’s Deena Mahn:
On Saturday before the American Legion Grand Parade, West Seattle Hi-Yu hosted a breakfast reception for royalty visiting our community and participating in the parade. We were visited by the 2009- 2010 Miss Seafair and the 2010-2011 Miss Seafair Candidates representing many communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. We were also joined by the Puyallup Daffodil Festival, Marysville Strawberry Festival and the Port Orchard Fathoms of Fun Festival.
This annual tradition would not have been possible without the generosity of many local businesses. Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights graciously opened their home to us again this year, providing a lovely venue and assisting us with set-up and organization. Mark Brown from Seattle’s Best Coffee arranged and delivered coffee and condiments, Zatz Bagels provided us with an assortment of fresh bagels and Alki Bakery donated a variety of delectable pastries. The Great Harvest Bread Company baked us their famous mini-cinnamon rolls and Jack Miller from Husky Deli arranged a colorful fresh fruit tray for us.
West Seattle Hi-Yu would like to publicly acknowledge the generosity of these local businesses and thank them for supporting our organization. Your community spirit is admirable and we appreciate you!
Tomorrow night, of course, in addition to Margo Femiano’s participation in the Miss Seafair coronation, you will also see the Hi-Yu float, royalty and volunteers in the Seafair Torchlight Parade – if you’ve never been before but are thinking of going in person, it’s definitely a “stake out your seat hours ahead of time” situation – by 4 pm, the “front row” all along 4th Avenue is usually taken, even toward the south end of the route.